Bollywood star Anil Kapoor's radical Indian TV remake of U.S. action show 24 has been branded a runaway success. The Slumdog Millionaire actor produced an Indian version of the crime series, which premiered in the country on Friday night (04Oct13), and several fellow stars have praised the show.
Director Kunal Kohli took to Twitter.com to write, "24 is a new dawn in Indian TV. Can we pls pls (please) have more shows like this? enough saas (mother-in-law) bahu (daughter-in-law) sagas pls (sic)."
Actress Preity Zinta also tweeted, "Watched 24 on TV tonight & was amazed at how wonderful its turned out! Congrats 2 (to) Anil Kapoor & Raj Nayak 4 (for) changing Indian TV for ever."
Kapoor, who plays Jai Singh Rathod in a role similar to Kiefer Sutherland's famous character Jack Bauer in the series, reported earlier this year (13) that he redesigned the U.S. show to appeal to Indian audiences.
The actor also played Middle Eastern President Omar Hassan in the eighth and final season of the original 24 in 2010.
Husain - full name Maqbool Fida Husain - passed away in a London hospital following a battle with ill health.
Nicknamed the Picasso of India, Husain was the country's highest paid painter but his portraits of naked Hindu goddesses sparked controversy amid accusations of obscenity. He eventually left India in 2006 to take citizenship in Qatar.
Husain also dabbled in filmmaking and his 1967 debut, Through the Eyes of a Painter, was awarded the Golden Bear prize at Germany's Berlin Film Festival.
A number of Bollywood's leading figures have paid tribute to Husain, with director Anurag Kashyap branding him a "great filmmaker, a special person and a genuine artist".
Actor Raghuvir Yadav, who starred in Husain's Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities, says, "It is sad that an artist of such a stature is no longer among us. Working with him was a learning experience. He was peaceful by nature and a open-minded (sic) person."
Yadav's Meenaxi co-star Kunal Kapoor writes in a post on Twitter, "Deeply saddened by the news about Hussain (sic). He was not only a great artist but an incredible human being. His passion and love for life was contagious and unparallelled. May his soul rest in peace."